An American group of Holocaust survivors slammed the fashion house
Chanel for rejecting a new biography's claim that its founder, Coco
Chanel, was a Nazi spy.
Elan Steinberg, vice president of the American Gathering of Holocaust
Survivors and Their Descendants, said in a statement that his
organization was "shocked" by the charges in "Sleeping with the Enemy:
Coco Chanel's Secret War," by Hal Vaughan, and "the blithe and
unsupported rejection of these charges by the Chanel fashion house."
The book builds on past evidence to describe the secret life of
Chanel, a fashion icon, as a "fierce" anti-Semite recruited by the
Abwehr military intelligence organization, as well as the lover of
Baron Hans Gunther von Dincklage, described as a "Nazi master spy." The
book gives her agent number as F-7124 and code-name as "Westminister,"
after the duke with whom she had another affair.